What does Slaven have to do this year to get a new deal?

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Written by Adam LeatherBarrow @_ldesign

Slaven Bilic faces a career changing season. His current win ratio for the club is well below par and you can understand why he hasn’t been given a new deal. So What does Slaven need to do to save his West Ham career?

During the 2015-16 he managed to win 16 games which gave Slaven a 42.1%-win rate, but he was given a vast amount to players to work with. That summer the club brought in fifteen players, players such as Pedro Obiang, Dimitri Payet, Manuel Lanzini, Darren Randolph, Angelo Ogbonna, Carl Jenkinson, Alex Song, Michail Antonio, Nikica Jelavic and Victor Moses. Three of those players were our stand out players last season.

A counter argument could be said that last season the club invested again in players who were considered an “improvement” to the squad previously. We saw a three players leave in the summer and two leave in the winters, most significantly Dimitri Payet. But we saw the same amount of players come to the club, players such as Feghouli, Martinez, Nordviet, Quina, Fletcher, Masukau, Fernandes, Arbeloa, Fonte, Holland, Snodgrass, Zaza, Tore, Calleri and Club record signing Ayew.

For Slaven to be given a new deal he has to get near his “club career” win ratio of 49.8% – which means he needs to win 19 games of the total premier league fixtures, bear in mind Manchester United won 18 games last season. Along with his international jobs, it was his performances as a club head coach that had got him the job at West Ham in the first place, although he was the boards third choice. It’s not mainly about how many points you get, it’s about winning games and the club need to win more games regularly and be able to take control of the game and the season.  

I predict that if Slaven replicates the 2015-16 season, he will be given a new deal and hopefully continue this form to be able to qualify for Europa League football outright. If he carries on performing like last season despite investing in players, then it would be safe to say that Slaven Bilic will NOT be West Ham manager for the 2018-19 season.

This season Slaven will get a FULL support until the final kick of the ball happens in May 2018. I do hope we see the best of Bilic again and I hope we the squad fitness is improved and tweaked by high quality players rather than average squad fillers. With the reported £85m transfer kitty, I would rather see 3-4 £25-30m players that are “match winners” and “game changers” to improve the quality of the team. The club had that in Payet and we STILL miss his performances, skill and free kicks immensely even though he left the club on bad terms.  The club do not NEED to sign fifteen players as we’ve seen the past two seasons.

COYI, Arms and fingers crossed the club bring in the players to help Slaven save his West Ham career by delivering a season to remember.

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